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Rapid Changes in Earth's Surface- A Model Third Grade Guided Inquiry Unit: Immerse

Phase: Immerse



  • Immerse Phase provides an overview, avoiding too much detail
  • Should connect to students in a personal way

"Immerse" Activities (15 minutes)

San Antonio Connection

In order to help students to identify with the topic of study, relate it to natural hazards that occur in San Antonio, such as floods. View the Google Presentation below, then give students a few minutes to discuss their own experiences with thunderstorms/heavy rain/flooding. Another strategy is to have students to quickly come up with a caption for each image.

Geography Connection

Examine NOAA's Flood Guage Map, which shows current flooding in the United States.

Local Connection

Use the Interactive Floodplain Viewer to examine flood risks for areas in San Antonio (suggested searches: San Antonio Airport, North Star Mall, Rolling Oaks Mall, Alamodome).

Building Background- Vocabulary Mix & Match (5 minutes)

Vocabulary Mix & Match Activity (SMART Board activity; NEISD Google account required to access and download file)

So far students have been introduced to landslides and floods. This activity introduces the other types of Rapid Changes that comprise the unit of study.

Alternate activities: (times vary)

  • Open-ended Photo Sort- given photos of blizzards, vocanic eruptions, etc., students group them into groups of two or more and explain why they grouped the photos that way
  • Mix & Match photo to description/definition of phenomena (check and discuss by displaying using a document camera)

Inquiry Journals (10 minutes)

Sample Inquiry Journal Prompts 

Write two things you have learned so far in this unit.

      I learned that...

Write about something that surprised you. 

      I was surprised that...

What do you wonder about?

      I wonder...

What do you want to know more about?

      I want to learn more about...

Sample Spanish Inquiry Journal Prompts

Ejemplos que animan a escribir respuestas en el registro diario

Escribe dos cosas que has aprendido hasta aquí en esta unidad.

      Aprendí que...

Escribe acerca de algo que te sorprendió. 

      Me sorprendió que...

¿Qué es lo que te preguntas?

      Me pregunto...

¿Sobre qué quieres saber más?

      Quiero saber más sobre...

Adapted from Kuhlthau, Carol, Maniotes, Leslie and Ann Caspari. Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School. Libraries Unlimited, 2012.

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